In terms of us moving from our position upwards, I would say nothing at all remotely close to being close ... I predict right now that we will be picking 15th. - Brad TrelivingFT. LAUDERDALE, FL
-- On the eve of the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, FL, Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving will likely be spending most of his night on the phone.
As per usual, teams are in constant communication as the first round approaches, trying to figure out if there's any possibility for movement throughout the draft, if there are picks up for grabs for players, and if any other of trades are available.
"You're making lots of calls, you're getting lots of calls. You're hearing things that are very far from the truth in terms of what is batted around out there," he said in his pre-draft media availability in Ft. Lauderdale.
"It's the typical night before the draft. Lots of phone calls ... 30 teams trying to make their team better. There's lots of activity, which I think is normal course."
The Flames would love to be able to land a top-10 pick in the first round of the NHL Draft. But, as of Thursday evening, the price to move into one of those spots is too high for Treliving and his team.
Right now, Treliving feels they will be staying put with the 15th overall selection.
"It's open if you're prepared to pay a price," he said. "We'll see. There's a real willingness, and deservedly so, for teams that are in those spots to stay in those spots.
"You're hearing lots of people in those spots trying to move up, not necessarily trying to move down. To do so, it's a price we've got zero interest in, at this point. We'll see. We'll continue to bang away."
"In terms of us moving from our position upwards, I would say nothing at all remotely close to being close ... I predict right now that we will be picking 15th."
In addition to the 15th pick, the Flames hold five more picks in the first three rounds; they have three second round selections and two third round selections thanks to the Curtis Glencross trade with Washington and the Sven Baertschi trade with Vancouver.
With this year's draft being touted as one of the deepest in years, those picks obviously hold a lot of value and have garnered plenty of interest from other NHL clubs.
The Flames are listening to all offers on those picks but Treliving is being very cautious.
"When you've got multiple picks where we're at right now, we've had a lot of discussions. People value these picks. But it's also valuing where we are as a franchise.
"We have to continue to add to that shelf. We have to continue to add pieces where they can develop into players for us or we use them as chips down the road. That is sort of the focus here right now."
One thing Treliving isn't going to be consumed with this evening is his scouting staff's final player rankings. They have been working diligently over the last couple of months to build a finalized list and other than minor last-minute tinkering, that task has been completed.
"I think we're ready to go. We'll meet again tomorrow, prior to with an update on certain discussions. But our boxing and where we've got people slotted is, for the most part, ... we're set."